First listed on: 01 May 2022

 People & Culture Manager


About RSPCA Victoria

RSPCA Victoria is a non-government, community-based, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is ‘ending cruelty to all animals’. We are Victoria’s best-known and most respected animal welfare organisation.

Our organisation’s purpose is to work with the community to achieve outstanding animal welfare through education, advocacy, and animal care and protection. RSPCA Victoria’s values - clarity and accountability, respect and consideration, and expertise and collaboration - set clear expectations for all our staff and volunteers.

About the Role

We are currently seeking an experienced leader to join our People & Culture team at RSPCA Victoria.

Reporting to the Head of People & Infrastructure, you will oversee a small team and lead the delivery of strategies and services that make a meaningful difference to the engagement and experiences of our people.

This role is both strategic and operational, so you will be required to zoom in to understand details and processes, while simultaneously zooming out to see the bigger picture and set strategic priorities for the People & Culture team.

We want to end cruelty to all animals and this role in absolutely integral to helping us achieve this goal. So if you are a seasoned People & Culture professional that is passionate about animal welfare, we want to hear from you!

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of People and Infrastructure, your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead a small team of staff and volunteers to the highest levels of performance, engagement and job satisfaction.
  • Lead the identification, implementation and evaluation of impactful people strategies that supports continued improvement to our culture, employee and volunteer engagement and organisational effectiveness.
  • Proactively partner with the business to deliver strategic and operational support across all people related functions, including (but not limited to); organisational design, talent management, workforce planning, recruitment, reward and recognition, performance management, issue/conflict resolution and leadership development.
  • Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of People & Culture policies, procedures and practices that promote the organisations desired culture and ensures compliance with relevant legislative obligations.
  • Manage the payroll function via the outsourced provider for RSPCA Victoria, ensuring the delivery of timely and accurate payroll services that is in accordance with the organisations contractual and legislative obligations, including but not limited to, fortnightly payroll, taxation, workers compensation, terminations, adjustments, salary packaging and superannuation payments.
  • Lead the management of industrial relations matters, including the negotiation and application of the Enterprise Agreement and management of grievances raised through external agencies.

What we are looking for from you

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business/Human Resources Management.
  • Previous experience developing and implementing people strategies and plans in line with organisational strategies that drive people engagement, retention and performance.
  • Previous experience in leading and developing high performing teams.
  • Extensive knowledge of employee and volunteer management related legislation and practices.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and challenging work environment.
  • Position also requires a national police check, working with children’s check, valid driver’s license and COVID-19 vaccination.

What we can offer you

  • Whilst this role is primarily based in Burwood, you will have the opportunity to work from home on a part time basis each week.
  • Encouraged work-life balance and a broad range of leave entitlements, including additional leave (6 days per year pro-rata), purchased leave, paid parental leave, study leave and paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • Access to a range of mental health and wellbeing supportive initiatives, including confidential counselling services and education programs
  • Generous discount on products and services, including Royal Canin pet food, Hush Puppies footwear and RSPCA Victoria retail and vet clinic products and services.
  • Salary packaging and novated lease arrangements on offer with leading provider, Maxxia.
  • We are really serious about investing in the development of our people, so you can expect to access a range of learning and development opportunities that will benefit and support you in your role.

How to apply

To learn more about our organisation and this job opportunity, please visit our website at and download the Position Description attached to this advertisement for more details. Alternatively, please contact our Head of People and Infrastructure, Erin Dann on

If this role is of interest to you, submit your application with your cover letter and resume, addressing how you meet the selection criteria. Applications close on Sunday, 15th May 2022.  

RSPCA Victoria is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and we strongly encourage people from all cultural backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are welcome to access RSPCA Victoria’s Diversity & Inclusion Policy here

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